You're never to young to play a role in stopping crime.
That's the message of Crimestoppers USA is bringing to Topeka this week.
Crimestoppers USA is holding its Midwest Training Conference in the capital city. Board members and coordinators of Crimestoppers programs in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma are taking part.
The audience for Monday's session took on a youthful look. Session focuses on Crimestoppers programs in schools. The organization is focusing on expanding its school programs.
Crimestoppers USA President Elaine Cloys says it's a proactive tool to teach youth to be better citizens and give them a safe, anonymous way to report crimes. She says there've been no heinous crimes, like mass shootings, in schools that have Crimestoppers programs. She says young people who commit such crimes aren't invisible, and Crimestoppers gives their peers a safe way to let someone know what they might be planning.
Crimestoppers is a program which offers rewards for information leading to arrests and convictions in certain crimes. Topeka Crimestoppers features a Crime of the Week every Thursday on 13 News at Five.